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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Richard Harding back on My Murphy as Tyner is remembered

Adrian Maguire: is looking forward to running Knockraha Pylon at Cork
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The spotlight may be on Fairyhouse this Easter Monday but should it survive an 8am inspection there is an important eight-race card at Cork, where Jack Tyner, tragically killed in a point-to-point aged 19 back in 2011, is remembered with the 2m4f hunters' chase.

Liam Burke enjoyed a memorable day at the track on Sunday when his son Jonathan rode Sumos Novios to win the Grade 3 Imperial Call Chase, and the Cork-based handler will be hoping My Murphy can bounce back to form in the Jack Tyner Memorial Hunters Chase (4.40).

Richard Harding, who was on board for My Murphy’s latest win at Tramore in December, is back in the plate. The pair look likely to face stiff opposition from Allannahs Gold, Venitien De Mai and Winter Magic.

There is €16,000 up for grabs in the 2m handicap chase (2.55) and Adrian Maguire is hopeful that Knockraha Pylon can come home with a large slice of the prize-money off the back of a good run on her most recent start.

Maguire said: "She ran a cracking race at the track last time over hurdles and she seems to really like this place, so we're hopeful."

He added: "Now, in fairness, she was getting a bit of weight off the top two the last day but she ran very well and we know she'll handle the ground well. My only worry is carrying topweight, but she's in very good form and we're hopeful."

Billaway could be a one to look out for representing the champion handler in the penultimate 2m3f point-to-point bumper (5.20).

The six-year-old Well Chosen gelding won his point at Ballinaboola in February and could have a bright future.

The concluding mares' point-to-point bumper (5.55) was won last year by Gordon Elliott's Lackaneen Leader, who acquitted herself well in finishing second to Laurina in the Grade 1 mares' novice hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

Elliott is represented by the Gigginstown House-owned Portnablagh, the mount of Declan Lavery, as he bids for back-to-back success in the race.

Portnablagh, like Billaway, is by Well Chosen, and comes into the race off the back of an impressive point-to-point success at Dungarvan.

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My only worry is carrying top weight, but she's in very good form and we're hopeful
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